Student Intern Profile

Name: Sean To
Country: U.S.A.
Major: Economics
Internship at: Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)
Duration: Fall 2014

Note: You can read the articles Sean published during his internship here .

Sean's Daily Schedule

Time Activity
9:00 Division meeting
10:00 Web meeting with media section
10:45 Reading manuscripts in the library
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Writing or editing articles, conducting an interview, arranging interviews, or taking photos
17:30 Work ends; Aikido club

 

Interview with Sean's Internship Sponsor

Having these young folks in who have their own ideas, their own possibilities -- it keeps the soup stirred. But perhaps more importantly, these people are very ambitious and very capable and in 10 years they’ll be head science writer for The New York Times or they’re on the staff of Nature or they’re working for Science. I would say a significant portion of the senior science writers in the world now have been through internships with me. It’s an amazing network of contacts and usually they go away from the university or the lab with a good impression. They feel connected. So it’s a long-term investment in the future.

Neil Calder, Vice President, Communication & Public Relations Division, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)

Interview with Sean's Internship Sponsor

Our interns get to build a portfolio. If they are at an interview with, let’s say, the New Scientist, they want to show the interviewer how many stories they have written. During a six-month internship at OIST, they write an average of one story a week, so they go away with 20-some stories published on the external website. 

Kaoru Natori, Manager, Media Section Leader, Communication & Public Relations Division, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST)

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